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The Barbers Seat: Ty Bello Chops Her Signature Afro

24 November 2015   |   9:16 am

Its a sad day for all naturalistas in Nigeria, Ty Bello has been natural for as long as we can remember. She has been serving what we popularly call ‘ Hair Goals’. Hope she gives you another goal as she tells her story.

Yesterday she released pictures of her big chop and the story behind it.


THE BARBER’S SEAT: The first time I cut my hair was when I was nine. I had been giving my mum hell on Sunday evening when it was time to get it woven for school. She just decided to put an end to my nonsense and took me to Baba Barber at Obalende.

I remember being strapped to his squeaky old, reclined metal and torn brown leather chair. It must have taken four adults to hold me down.

I can never forget . How can I? Baba gave me the full treatment. He was determined to impress my mother. He not only shaved off all my hair. He took off every strand that lined my face and replaced it with a sharp concave line from ear to ear with his manual rusty clippers…. I was devastated.

I walked into class the next day greeted with what sounded like a silent but long eeeeeew from every one. The experience marred me. I’ve seen Baba in a few nightmares attempting to dispossess me of my Afro. So imagine my horror when my hair started dramatically falling out two months after my boys were born.

I was deluded by someone who told me I was lucky to be carrying boys as ‘ boys don’t take your hair away’ they give you even more. She was right. Initially at least.. Never had better hair that when I was pregnant. So slowly but surely Baba Barber was beckoning another visit.. But I decided that this time around … it was going to be on my own terms.. I was going to love my scalp back to a happy place and then cut it myself when the time was right… Just to start over. Today was that day.. A shoot didn’t happen so I had a lil time in my hands I chopped it all off. Not with old rusty clippers but my own scissors.. It makes me look even more like my mum….

So will I be missing my big fro? Absolutely!! But then again.. i’m a Nigerian woman in 2015 and I watch YouTube, I know a thousand ways to get that baby bouncing in air again.. In a heartbeat.. I ‘ll just have fun with this in the mean time.

I think I did better that Baba Barber tho. #bigchop #freshstart. Photographed by @riasolanke at the studio.


Photo Credit: Instagram

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